Democratic Republic of the Congo

Prevent Epidemics provides technical assistance directly or through partners, mobilizes resources to support preparedness and drives political support to address epidemic preparedness gaps. Programmatic interventions include laboratory strengthening, disease surveillance, legal support, rapid response funding and program management/governance. In DRC, Prevent Epidemics partners with the Director General of Disease Control to embed an A-Team, a […]

Dominica

Resolve to Save Lives partners with the Pan American Health Organization to support the continued scale up of HEARTS, the World Health Organization technical package for improving cardiovascular health. Resolve to Save Lives partners with the Pan American Health Organization to support the continued scale up of HEARTS, the World Health Organization technical package for […]

Cameroon

Prevent Epidemics provides technical assistance directly or through partners, mobilizes resources to support preparedness and drives political support to address epidemic preparedness gaps. Programmatic interventions include laboratory strengthening, disease surveillance, legal support, rapid response funding and program management/governance. Success Story Expanding Quality-Assured COVID-19 Testing Capacity Across Africa

Burkina Faso

Prevent Epidemics provides technical assistance directly or through partners, mobilizes resources to support preparedness and drives political support to address epidemic preparedness gaps. Programmatic interventions include laboratory strengthening, disease surveillance, legal support, rapid response funding and program management/governance. Success Story Expanding Quality-Assured COVID-19 Testing Capacity Across Africa Success Story Fighting COVID-19 on the Airwaves and […]

An interactive guide to help people navigate COVID-19 risk

In 2021, we partnered with the New York Times and Johns Hopkins University to create an interactive guide to help U.S. residents navigate COVID-19 risk by county. The guide, which was active from January 2021 to March 2022, used principles of alert level systems, which are a valuable means for public health officials to communicate […]

Celebrating Epidemics that Didn’t Happen

Our latest “Epidemics that Didn’t Happen” report celebrates successful outbreak responses from around the world that demonstrate the returns of investing in preparedness and response systems. These examples—from Brazil, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Indonesia, India and Tanzania—are a testament to the power of preparedness and a roadmap for future success in preventing […]

Campaigns build vaccine confidence in Rwanda and Uganda

Resolve to Save Lives partnered with the Partnership for Healthy Cities to support cities in low- and middle-income countries in securing and administering COVID-19 vaccines. The campaigns, in Kampala, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda, featured compelling video testimonials from an array of city residents about their positive experiences with inoculation. In Kigali, the campaign helped bring […]

Health care worker training at scale: Reflections from COVID-19

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Resolve to Save Lives partnered with organizations across 22 countries in Africa to support health care worker training and mentorship in primary health care facilities. After finding that existing resources were not optimized for use by health care workers, the team developed a self-paced, online course about infection […]

Highlighting the linkages between health care worker safety and epidemic preparedness

A new page on PreventEpidemics.org highlights the linkages between health care worker safety and epidemic preparedness and describes our team’s ongoing work to improve infection prevention and control measures at the primary health care level across Africa. Between April 2020 and January 2021, we worked with a variety of stakeholders and organizations to help train […]

Improving IPC in Zimbabwe

As part of a larger project to increase health care worker safety, the Prevent Epidemics team has worked to improve infection prevention and control measures and ensure maintenance of essential health services at the primary health care level at facilities across nine countries. In Zimbabwe, RTSL partnered with the Infection Control Association of Zimbabwe from […]

Sharing 7-1-7: A global metric for early detection & response

In recent weeks, the Prevent Epidemics team has made the case for the 7-1-7 metric for early detection of and response to disease threats to stakeholders around the world. In Liberia, our team presented data on six outbreaks as part of a workshop on the metric for public health officials working at both the national […]

“Voices” of Long COVID Stress the Urgency of COVID-19 Vaccination

Last fall, we launched Voices of Long Covid to raise awareness about the risks of long-term complications, even from mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. The campaign, which featured real-life stories from three young people, aired on national TV, including during Saturday Night Live. Learn more about how we worked with state and local health departments […]

Strengthening Epidemic Preparedness at the Country Level

In partnership with public health institutions in eight African countries, Resolve to Save Lives released an issue brief outlining five proven approaches for national governments to significantly improve epidemic detection and containment in their communities. The model is based on joint efforts among African nations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases […]

Getting Shots Into Arms: A Vaccine Equity Strategy in North Carolina

Our U.S. COVID-19 Response team embedded staff members with the Wake County, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (WCHHS) to protect and improve community health during the pandemic. Beginning in February 2021, WCHHS began implementing a vaccine equity strategy to reach underserved communities. One of the prioritized census tracts increased vaccinations by 29.7% […]

Providing fast, flexible funds to shorten time to respond to disease threats in Nigeria

Since 2017, Resolve to Save Lives has helped the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the African Field Epidemiology Network establish and maintain the Revolving Outbreak Investigation Fund (ROIF). This provides for the rapid release of funds for the NCDC to investigate, verify and control infectious outbreaks. With this support, Nigeria has reduced its […]

Former CDC directors: Coordinating our nation’s health data will save lives

As the SARS-CoV-2 surge recedes, we need to apply the lessons we’ve learned during this pandemic to improve our response to the next health emergency. One major obstacle has been the lack of health data needed to track the pandemic and assess its impact across the complex U.S. healthcare and public health ecosystem. This lack of timely, standardized data hampered our ability to respond rapidly and effectively to the pandemic.

U.S. COVID Response Team — Farewell Video

Since March 2020, our U.S. COVID-19 Response team worked with public health officials, health department staff and key stakeholder organizations to promote equitable and efficient vaccine rollout and advance prevention, testing, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation strategies to help end the pandemic. As the team winds down, we put together a video highlighting its work […]

Expanding Quality-Assured COVID-19 Testing Capacity Across Africa

Our team worked with the African Society for Laboratory Medicine and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to strengthen COVID-19 testing capacity across the African continent. An external quality assurance scheme ensured the tests were of high quality.

New report on COVID-19 in Africa shows widespread willingness to get vaccinated, underscoring need for consistent supply and additional logistical support

The fourth and final PERC report indicates that people in African Union Member States are overwhelmingly willing to get vaccinated. The report considers why global vaccination efforts have been plagued by inequity, as well as the logistical challenges to vaccinating the African continent. It further outlines the continued importance of preventive measures—particularly individual measures such […]